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Installing a composite deck over a wooden deck

If your wood deck has begun to creak, wobble and rot, the signs are there that you should probably start thinking about getting it replaced. Not only will it start to look bad, but a deck that has surpassed its time can be a major safety hazard. By replacing your wooden deck, you'll be doing yourself and others a huge favour. 

Since wooden decks have a limited life span, composite decking is often turned to as it is much more durable. The question many homeowners ask, however, is can you install composite decking over wood decking? Well, let's find out! 

Laying composite decking over wood 

The most logical reason for laying composite decking over an existing wood deck is the time that it can save. But can you do such a thing? In short, yes you can. You are more than capable of placing composite deck boards over existing wooden ones in order to save time and money from building an entirely new frame. However, despite the fact that you can do, should you do it? 

Should you place composite deck boards over wood?

So, we've gathered that you can place a new decking over your old wooden one, but is this something that you should do? Well, not really. While it does seem like the logical choice when we think about time and money, doing so has several downsides. 

Before you begin any rebuilding work, you need to first think about the quality of the existing wood deck. How old is it? Is it fairly new? Or has it begun to rot and now needs to replaced? These questions are crucial questions to ask because when you begin to place new materials over existing decking, the latter can directly impact the former. In the case of wooden decking, if the existing boards are old and rotting, the new composite boards on top will have their lifespan reduced. Despite composite deck boards offering great resistance to rotting, the surrounding structure will unfortunately suffer. Moisture will begin to get trapped underneath and will damage both the pre-existing wood decking and the new composite one. By placing new composites over wood, you may be doing more harm than good and in the end, it will cost you even more money to replace. 

On the other hand, if your wooden deck is relatively new and the materials have been pressure-treated, there's a good chance that it won't affect the overall quality and lifespan of your new composite boards. Even if it did, it will not cause as much damage as an old deck would cause. But the question remains, why would you want to build over a new-ish deck? Before carrying out any sort of work, you should consider the price of the materials needed since composite decking does have a high initial cost. 

Knowing that installing composite decking over existing wood decking isn't recommended, what else can you do if you need to replace it? 

How to replace your wooden deck 

If you have an old, tired, rotting wooden deck, instead of building a new composite deck over it and causing further potential issues later on down the line, simply replace your wooden deck boards with composite ones! Yes, it's that simple. It does mean that you'll have to rip out each of your existing boards and adjust the existing frame to be able to hold the weight of your new composite deck. But by doing this, you will be saving yourself a whole lot of trouble, time and money. Replacing an old deck is fairly straightforward, but if you need some direction, you can watch our video which explains the steps you need to take. 

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If you require more information on replacing your wooden deck with a new composite one or for some advice on laying composite deck boards over an existing wood deck, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the TimberTechUK team - we'd be more than happy to help! 

Fitting composite decking

We stock a fantastic range of composite decking products here at TimberTech UK, but that's not all - we also offer a variety of fixings and fittings to help you build your new deck.

All of our deck fitting products are chosen for minimum visibility. After all, you don't want the screws to distract from those gorgeous decking boards!

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Wondering what to do with your leftover composite decking? We've got some ideas to share with you!

Leftover Decking Boards

So you’ve trawled through page after page of designs, picked out the decking of your dreams, and had it installed in your garden. Your dream deck is finally a reality!

But what if you still have decking left over? Off-cuts and the odd unused board are par for the course, but what to do with them? After all, our composite decking is far too good to simply throw away!

Luckily, there are plenty of ways to make the most of your leftover deck boards.

 

What can I do with my leftover TimberTech decking?

Depending on how much decking you have left at the end of your installation, it's possible to create a variety of stylish, quirky and outright amazing additions to your outdoor space.

Here are a few leftover decking ideas to get you started - please do not attempt any DIY unless you're sure you know what you're doing!

 

Window Box

A simple yet beautiful way to bring some plant life to your new decking area, a window box can be a fantastic addition to your exterior design.

Solid wood window boxes can cost around the £50 mark, even those that are fairly modest in size. It's even possible to find window boxes of less than 2.5 feet in length on sale for as much as £90.

With just a few spare deck boards and a bin bag for inner lining, you can easily create a natural-looking window feature that brightens up your outdoor space. Alternatively, if you have a little more leftover material to play with, you can utilise your leftover boards to make an aesthetically-pleasing planter or flower bed.

 

Bird House

If you're more interested in fauna than flora, why not use your off-cuts to create a home for your feathered garden visitors? A simple bird house can be constructed from just a few bits of leftover decking, and the end result can be surprisingly impressive.

On the other hand, if you do happen to have a little more material left over, why not treat your pooch and make a hand-made dog kennel? After all, doggy digs can be surprisingly expensive, particularly those that are made from wood.

Meanwhile, if you’re really feeling bold and have quite a bit of decking left over, you could even go one step further and make a Wendy house for your child. While this might seem like a rather daunting task - especially if you're a bit of a DIY novice - you may be surprised by what you can achieve with a Google search, a can-do attitude, and a little perseverance.

 

Garden Bench

If you need some furniture for your newly-revamped outdoor space, why not save yourself a little cash and kill two birds with one stone by turning your leftover deck boards into a nice garden bench or outdoor coffee table?

Speaking of garden furniture, a storage box that doubles up as a seating area is a fantastic way to make the most of the materials you have while also saving on space and expense. A chest-like seat or bench can complement your decked area perfectly.

If you're looking for a bit more of a challenge, you could even create a literal deck chair from your leftover decking. Google is filled with inspiring design ideas of just that, proving that – if you’re a dab hand with a drill and a hero with a hacksaw – the decking upcycling options are almost limitless!

 

TimberTech's low-maintenance composite decking is a superb alternative to hardwood and plastic deck boards. Call 029 2080 3756 or use the links below to find out more!

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So, you’ve finally decided to go ahead and purchase composite decking from one of our stunning decking ranges, congratulations on a very wise investment! However, the decision making doesn’t end there. A host of questions still remain now that you have chosen the flooring option for your outdoor living space. To make things easier for you, we’re going to run through a few things that you may want to consider when building your deck.

Location

The location in your outdoor space where your deck is going to be built may already be determined before making your purchase, however, after deciding to choose our composite decking you may think that your new deck may be better suited within a different position. This could be due to our decking complimenting a certain feature or area in your garden, taking advantage of a specific view or to be more or less exposed to the weather and elements. All of these things may impact the location in where your deck may be built.

Installation

The way in which your new deck is going to be installed is another thing you may need to think about. If you have adequate DIY skills, you may decide that you can save time and money by installation your deck boards yourself. If you don’t possess the skills, however, you may decide to utilise our installation fitting service with our team of professional and friendly deck installers, allowing you to sit back and relax while your dream outdoor living space comes to life.

Design, Size & Shape

The design, size and shape of your new deck will be dependent on the location that you decide to build it. Once a decision has been made on where your deck will be built, you can then proceed with choosing the design. This is something that we can also provide assistance with our deck design inspiration and FREE 3D deck design service. Here you are able to view an array of deck designs, including a range of layouts and patterns and then watch see your design come to life by collaborating with our expert team of CAD designers.

Extras: Balustrades, Lighting & Steps

Basic platform decks are by far the simplest to build and offer a classic, clean appearance. If it’s an eye-catching deck that you’re after however, this is something that you may want to avoid. As a result, a multi-level deck may be the deck for you. If this is the case and your deck now sits higher than a few feet off the ground, a balustrade system and steps may be something worth considering. We offer a variety of balustrade, railing systems and steps that not only provide an extra element of safety but also add a stylish touch to your deck. If you plan on utilising your new outdoor space at all times throughout the day and night, installing deck lights may also be an added benefit, allowing and anyone else to see your beautiful new deck no matter the time.

These aren’t all the things that you need to consider when building your deck, but will definitely go a long way in helping you achieve your dream outdoor living space. If you require any further information or assistance with any of the mentioned points or services, then please do not hesitate to contact us today. Call us on 02920 803 756 or email us at info@timbertechuk.co.uk where a member of our customer service team will be more than happy to help.

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Here at TimberTech, we specialise in more than just high-quality, low-maintenance decking – we also happen to know a thing or two about installing composite decking rails.

Whether you already have a decking or are getting a deck installed, adding a handrail to the edge of your decked area has benefits both practically and aesthetically. Installing a composite decking rail looks great and can help prevent any unfortunate falls – particularly important if your decking covers a raised area.

So, if you’ve never fit a handrail before and want to get an idea of what to expect, you’ve come to the right place! All of TimberTech’s decking rails are made to be as simple as possible to fit – because we like making your life easier.

 To help you along the way, we’ve put together a basic checklist of things to consider when installing a composite decking rail:  

Pick your material

Before we can get into how to fit your decking handrail, you first need to select the material you want – TimberTech offers a deck handrail or a sturdy aluminium railing depending on the look you’re after. Both are incredibly low-maintenance and look great!

Plan ahead

Installing a composite decking rail can be tricky business without the proper prep. It may sound obvious, but it’s important you take the time to carefully plan exactly where you’ll feature the handrail on your composite decking – do you want it around the whole perimeter or just the one side? Use your measurements to order the decking handrail in a quantity that meets your specs.

Secure your posts

Secure the base posts of your decking handrail in the selected corners, these act as the foundation of your decking rail – the rest of your handrail will be assembled around these. Use the baseplates to keep the posts secure, it’s important your posts and baseplates are in the correct place before you permanently fix them here – if they are the wrong distance apart it can throw off the rest of your measurements!  

The Handrail

Secure the ‘corner connectors’ to the top of your posts – the handrail will be connected between these. Go along the length of the decking, securing corner connectors and adding the handrail between them till your handrail runs as desired between all of the posts.

Extra Details

While you should now have the basic outline of your decking handrail, a lot of the finer installation details will depend on the specific composite decking rail you have decided upon. Generally, the next thing to do will involve slotting the extra posts into place between your corner posts – whatever the next step, with TimberTech the installation process should never be too difficult, so get out those instructions and finish off your handrail!

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We hope these handy tips on how to fit a decking handrail have made the whole task seem far less daunting! But, if you’re feeling unsure, or are simply too busy to undertake the decking rail installation yourself, you can always make use of our team. They install decking professionally, it will be no bother for them to install your handrail for you! Hit the button below to find out more!

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If you have any queries or questions about the handrail options offered by TimberTech, feel free to get in touch! Drop us a line at info@timbertechuk.co.uk or give us a bell on 029 2080 3756. It’s what we’re here for!

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